The photo is nothing wondrous. We went out shopping for my brother in laws Christmas tree. It is pretty cute. You get in your logging boots and you figure you are going out into the mountains to find a tree and cut it. You actually go to a very well developed tree farm, walk a few dozen meters and go “that is the tree!” A guy comes buy with a spiffy stihl chainsaw with what looks like a 10-inch bar. Take about 3 seconds; voila…here is your tree.
Then you go into a shed type place where they serve brats, lamburgers and warm wine. It tastes like going to communion in my church, except you get the entire glass of wine.
When my lips started to go numb, I looked up to see the image and thought, “That is a quick way to decorate..Just tape up your paper decorations over the window so the trees outside look pretty. You don’t even have to go out and get cold!
Been a strange few days here. That is appropriate – strange. Ever notice how when you sincerely try to work on changing a part of yourself, something seems to stop bothering you inside yourself, but the people around you seem to just be there to bring it all out? I would love to know this phenomenon and why it happens. The bigger question is how does one not grasp onto the stuff of the world, and live in a place where much of the planet is grabbing onto stuff.
That is the mystery
Someone asked what I actually needed in life. I said, “ a bowl with some food, a dry place to lay my head, clean clothes a toothbrush, if one could spare a blanket and pillow would be nice, and a bible and some prayer books.”
It was met with laughter, but the truth is, that is all I really need. Everything else is simply a nicer version of stuff to accommodate what are really basic needs.
Perhaps that is where I get confused in the past 10 years of life. I am amazed how much man consumes. My home country the USA is the worst offender of the gluttony world. The idea of supersize and skimp on the quality really has hurt the country in the past 30 years.
When I get in times like this, one has to look in the mirror and wonder, “am I nuts?” Or “have I changed?” or “is the world I am walking in a place I was at in my heart 15 years ago?” Then there is always, “did I regress and go backwards?”
The truth is that I really don’t know. With what I am working on, I guess it doesn’t look like much is happening. I had to chuckle, I will get to see the new Dolby atmos sound system installed in town in a few weeks. The new owners of a theater system explained what it was and I asked, “ Is it the full surround system, or just a layer of 7.1 with the freedom to move efx tracks all over?”
It is what I thought. “How do you know about this stuff?”
“We were trying to build a full spectrum live immersion audio system, the theme parks and others were using efx track object models.”
"When was that?"
“1994 was the first time i got what i heard in my head to work in real life."
While I am sure the new Dolby atmos is wonderful. I really don’t need to hear it to go “yeah, this is cool for a movie experience.” I will enjoy watching how they set it all up and see what i can learn. I am curious if the rooms have on the fly eq and variable room acoustic correction?
What we created in the lab a long time ago really was cool. The reality is that music and the quality of audio is going a different direction than the ability to truly experience the full spectrum.
A good fake is good enough these days. you have to be nuts to try to make something great!